Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

sibanyeReuters reports that Sibanye Gold lost R135 million in revenue in the 12 months to June at its Kroondal platinum mine due to government safety stops, the company indicated on Thursday.  

ictBusinessTech reports that new survey data shows that South Africa faces a growing Information and communications technology (ICT) skills crisis of immense proportions.  

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that new research by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (Saldru) at UCT suggests that the 2013 increase in the minimum wage for farm workers caused a drop in employment.  

ceppwawuEWN reports that the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has assured motorists that fuel pumps won’t run dry due to a strike among workers in the petroleum producing sector.  The strike entered its second day on Friday.  

ann7ANA reports that a fund set up to assist axed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists has been extended to help other news reporters, including the nine who were recently dismissed by Gupta-owned television news channel ANN7.  

FronemanBusiness Report writes that the message from Sibanye Gold boss Neal Froneman to investors on Thursday was that the difficult market conditions in the mining industry would require “bitter medicine”, including cutting salaries.  

ambulanceCaxton News Service reports that approximately 20 workers were transported to hospital after an industrial accident at a business in Elandsfontein in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.  

sabcCape Times reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko was told he could have his position back if he retracted everything he had written and said about the public broadcaster.  

statssaBDLive writes that SA has lost almost 500,000 jobs in the first six months of 2016, raising the alarm about the blood bath that could follow should the country slide into recession.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94The Citizen reports that at least 20,000 petroleum sector workers went on strike on Thursday, Clement Chitja, spokesperson for the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), claimed.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 28 July 2016

petrolpump thumb medium80 94EWN reports that Shell South Africa says that it has put contingency plans in place after thousands of workers in the petroleum manufacturing sector downed tools.  

sabcThe Star reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news anchor and contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko will have to wait until Tuesday for his case to be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg.  

statssaThe second quarter of 2016 saw a decline in jobs of 129,000 compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest quarterly labour force survey released by Statistics SA on Thursday.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Deepa Vallabh of law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is of the view that the draft reviewed Mining Charter Three is not an effective tool to achieve the transformation of the mining industry.  

zumaCape Times reports that President Jacob Zuma has yet again at the eleventh hour skipped the site where mineworkers were gunned down by police in Marikana in North West in 2012.  

earningsBDLive reports that Investec appears to have blithely ignored UK rules capping variable pay for banking executives, paying CEO Stephen Koseff bonuses more than quadruple his salary for the year to March.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that operations at SA’s largest refinery, the Sapref refinery in Durban, stopped on Thursday as a strike over wages commenced.  The refinery is a joint venture between Shell and BP.  

ehrenreichNetwerk24 reports that a charge of crimen injuria has been brought against Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of labour federation Cosatu, after he alleged that the Cape Town city council discriminated against traffic official on the grounds of race.  

sabcIOL News reports that veteran SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news anchor and contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko’s case looks set to proceed in the Johannesburg High Court after the disputing parties failed to reach a settlement on Thursday morning.  

durbanANA reports that an eThekwini municipal worker tasked with clearing puddles from a Durban road in the wake of recent rains was killed when he was struck by a lorry on Wednesday.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that the decision by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to reinstate seven of the eight journalists it fired for disagreeing with its protest coverage policy was a victory against censorship.  

sasolBDLive reports that Sasol has put contingency plans in place in anticipation of thousands of petroleum sector workers downing tools on Thursday during a protected strike.  

sabmillerlogoBDLive reports that the SABMiller board on Wednesday informed staff dealing with the company’s convergence and integration with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) to stop their work, bringing the R1.4-trillion megabrew merger to a halt.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 27 July 2016

newsMoneyweb reports that the future of employee share schemes seems to be in the balance if proposals in the latest draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill go through.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94TMG Digital reports that the Automobile Association (AA) has advised motorists to ensure they have fuel‚ ahead of a strike by the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), set to begin on Thursday.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced on Wednesday that it has reinstated seven dismissed journalists.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that more than 200 teachers were charged with assault by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in the past year, education MEC Debbie Schafer confirmed on Tuesday.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Canadian gold producer and investor AfroCan Resources Gold and gold producer Vantage Goldfields are continuing to exchange words in a dispute over a failed financing deal.